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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a relaxing and restful end of the year. Don’t let the stress of the holidays or the stress of spending too much time with your weird family get to you.

I’m signing off for the rest of the year so I can have time to reflect on goals, things I didn’t accomplish and things I did accomplish. Speaking of things I did accomplish, I’m taking a two-ish week break from the ol’ blog, but I am still emailing out my ebook, “The Ultimate Guide to Living in an RV, Airstream or Motorhome” and I’m still mailing out pins at a reduced price in case you are interested.

Here’s wishing you and yours the best holiday break,

Link Love: 46

Link Love A big thank you to everyone who took the survey yesterday. The answers were affirming and enlightening. It’s just what I needed to refocus!

This week’s Link Love is a little short. I naively thought summer was going to be relaxing, but alas! There’s no rest for the weary! Anyway, let’s get on to it!

The psychological impulses that make us want to spend.

Breaking the influence of consumerism.

More Americans are renting and paying more. Such a bummer, maybe if we changed some of the ways government/we as Americans begin to define “house” differently we could fix this problem.

And similarly, this infographic on “The distressing reality of minimum wage and rentals in the U.S.” is eye-opening.

Have you heard of Harvest Hosts? It’s a network of wineries, farms and agri-tourism sites that invite self-contained RVers to visit and stay overnight for a $40 per year subscription. If you’re doing long-term U.S. travel, it’s a steal!

This Ventoura Mobile home remodel is so cute!

This family remodeled a bus and traveled in it for 6 months. I love the interior! It’s so bright and clean.

How has your summer been shaping up? Talk to me!


Reader Survey

Hey ya’ll! I’ve got some exciting things planned over here, but I wanted to get your input before I proceed further. I’d really appreciate if you could fill out the following survey. It’s only 5 questions and should only take you a couple of minutes. Thanks so much!


Spring Cleaning!

Airstream and Garden copy Hey ya’ll! Just popping in today to point you to a new resource I’ve created. As I get more new readers, I realize that they might not be familiar with my story. Thus, I created a “New? Start Here!” page for those folks. For my old readers, I hope that it can also serve as a go-to resource for small livin’.

If you read this blog the old fashioned way, you’ll see I’ve created a new tab at the top of the page. If you read it via RSS feed, you might not see it. But don’t fear, just click here. My mobile peeps should be able to see it via the menu drop down.

Let’s do this, spring!


A Little Reminder about Submissions!

Airstream in the snowy woods

It’s a snow day here (although it hasn’t snowed yet!), but it is the perfect time to remind you that I take submissions for this blog. I’m specifically looking for people who live in a tiny house, in an Airstream, in a bus or in a van. I’m also looking for people who have recently downsized their lives and people who simply live “unconventionally.”

I’m also currently taking pitches or other ideas you might have for columns that focus on simplicity, small living and minimalism.

A Small Life is read by thousands of readers each day and could be a great opportunity to get your business/house/bus/life/Instagram/etc. seen!

Please send submissions to asmalllifemelanie at Submissions should include at least 4 photos (jpg or jpeg) that are at least 540 pixels wide. If chosen, I will contact you with further instructions.

I can’t wait to hear from you!


A Technical Update

via Death to Stock Photo

via Death to Stock Photo

Hey ya’ll! I’m just dropping in on this happy hump day to let you know that things are changing a bit around here. You might not notice it too much, but if you’ve been reading the blog at, you might need to change your bookmark. I’m going to be blogging from now to more accurately reflect where this blog is going. The old pins should work too, but if you find any broken links, let me know! asmalllifemelanie at gmail dot com.

Thanks for your support. I truly appreciate each and every one of you!!


Come work with me!

Desk in an Airstream

This little ol’ blog is growing! I just adore all the extra attention that it has gotten lately, but as someone with two jobs (other than this blog), a dog and a husband, I just can’t do it all. Sometimes a girl needs a little help. That’s why I’d like to hire a web developer to help me clean up some of the backend junk on my site and get a few new things going.

I’d love to hire someone who is already familiar with my site. This person needs to have knowledge of HTML, CSS, WordPress and SEO. This person can live anywhere, but they need to possess excellent email communication skills. If you think you can help, email me asmalllifemelanie at and we can talk more about the details of the project. This is a paid position, obviously.

Please feel free to pass this along to friends! I hope to hear from you!